Coronavirus: Another emerging disease
With the onset of new emerging diseases in 21st Century, Coronavirus takes another dig at the world around us. According to World Health Organisation, the virus first made its way from Wuhan, China.
Reports from CDC, mention that the virus is common in animal species such as bats and camels and usually does not affect humans as a primary host.
The illness mainly affects respiratory system. The infestation of the virus brings about signs and symptoms such as cough, cold, fever, shortness of breath and/or breathing difficulties. In severe or untreated cases it may lead to pneumonia, progressing to respiratory failure.
A sector wide call from Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer of Health, informed CBU that at this point, the Coronavirus risk in Nova Scotia remains low.
As prevention is better than cure, following guidelines can be implemented to prevent the flu like illness –
Washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
Avoiding contact with people who are sick
Practising proper etiquette by covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
Staying home if you are sick
Stay Safe Everyone!